June 1968

JUNE 1968

June 1968   
Yardley’s “The London Look” Promotion Continental Tour:
Herman’s Hermits, Graham Bonney, The Robb Storme Group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 1/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Turin, Italy
Sun 2/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Milan, Italy
Tue 4/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Rome, Italy
Wed 5/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Naples, Italy
Sat 8/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Paris, France
Wed 12/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Zurich, Switzerland
Fri 14/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Munich, Germany
Sat 15/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Cologne, Germany
Sun 16/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Essen, Germany
Tue 18/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Brussels, Belgium
Wed 19/06/68    Yardley’s “The London Look” European Tour: Lille, France

As advertised in German BRAVO Magazine #23, issued 30 May 1968: « Herman’s Hermits, Graham Bonney, die Robb-Storme-Group und Dave Dee und Genossen gehen auf große Fahrt. Sie sind am 1. in Turin, am 2. in Mailand, etc. »
This scheduled third leg of the Yardley’s Promotion Tour fell through at the last minute.
(Was it due to the political upheaval spreading in France and all over Europe through May 1968 ?)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich had other performances announced at the same time.

June 1968   
Beat Instrumental n°57: The A & R Men – No. 4 Steve Rowland

Those highly professional sounds and ideas you hear on Dave Dee, and Herd records, are usually masterminded by producer Steve Rowland, currently one of the young “jet-set” A & R Men. He finds inventiveness quite easy, because he knows his artists, and realises what will suit them. “I have to live with an artist, get to know him really well, and, most important, find his medium”, says Steve. “With Dave Dee, it is simplified. He, and the group are entertainers . . . not great musicians or singers, so you have to showcase their particular talent. On record, it is difficult because, obviously, there is no visual effect, so their singles must have a brand of inventiveness. Luckily, I can rely on Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley for original ideas, which are relatively easy to adapt in the studio.”
Steve is an involved conversationalist, and interesting, because he is a clear thinker, and knows exactly what he wants. His latest desire is for film production, and acting. “I am an actor, primarily, but having found success in record production, I most certainly want to do the same in pictures. There, the scope is tremendous . . . a whole screen to portray so many things. I have always said that I wasn’t really an A & R man. It was something I was almost pushed into . . . by P.J. Proby. My film career was going well, but I wanted to try England, and producing was a way to stay here.” American-born Steve is now resident in this country, and as well as handling the Herd, and Dave Dee, he is working with highly-talented fellow-American Amory Kane, the Magic Lanterns, and his own harmony group, the Family Dogg – a “tip for the top”, from most people in the business.
“I have changed the Magic Lanterns completely. You remember their previous style . . . good-time type of music? Well, they are great singers, and we’ve been using numbers to suit this. It was a part of the group which was overlooked. We got one number from the States, ‘Shame, Shame’, and changed the ‘hook’ around slightly, making it much more obvious. I think it’s a hit.” I can second that after a hearing of the disc in Steve’s luxurious office. And I expect equal success from Amory, who has got individuality down to a fine art.
How about his attitude in the studio. “Normally, when things are getting a bit heated, I remain the quietest. I only shout when everybody else is placid. The only time, though, that I’ve really been mad is when I was doing a demo of some number, which wasn’t particularly strong. I wanted to change it around a bit, but the writer, who was in the studio, objected. We had words, and in the end I [...] the whole thing [...] from people, but prefer them not to be shouted at me.
“The most disappointing thing about this business is exploitation.If you’ve done a really good record, and find nobody is willing to listen, it’s heartbraking. At the moment, producers have to rely on Radio One, which does a pretty good job of keeping its ears closed to new talent. It’s not everybody there. Just a couple of people who matter. Until pirate radio returns, I can see a lot of good artists disappearing completely. That’s why I’m handling so few acts at the moment, with my company, Double-R. I know it’s going to be hard to get them a break.”
For Steve Rowland, then, a return to films, but I’m sure he won’t leave record producing completely. Success with the Herd, and Dave Dee, has proved too important to drop . . . and he really believes in his other artists . . . artists who, and he is going to make sure, WILL get a break in this topsy-turvy business.

June 1968   

[…] Hear out Tich, who has a lot to say about the status of the group right now. “We, as a group, have been going for about seven years now. We were professional before we had hit records and we went the rounds of the different ballrooms and clubs. We pulled the crowds with our act and we were new to most of the people who came to see us . . .
“Now we’ve had two years in the top bracket. Recently we felt we might be getting a bit stale. We went out, recently, on the bee Gees’ tour and it was not actually doing booming business. So we thought: is it our fault? Or is partly the Bee Gees’ fault? Anyway, whatever the reason, we were worried. Then we started getting reviews of the show from local newspapers, sent in by fans, and we realised that we weren’t really getting stale after all.
“Of course, what helps is getting a different slant to each record . . . different sounds, different styles. And we’ve got Ken and Alan, our managers, to thank for this. They don’t necessarily plan far in advance, say Latin-American one time and Ancient Greek the next, but the fact that each record is in a different bag helps us a lot. Different flavours, musically, mean that our interest is kept going.
“Okay, we admit that musically we’re not brilliant. But we think that each record we make is good enough, commercially, to make a chart placing. Nobody sounds like Dave Dee, though we know that we don’t sound like the Beatles. There is a Dave Dee sound – even though, we switch it about on record from time to time.
“People say that we’d have been good in the old days of variety – weeks at different places. Well, touring is a bit like doing cabaret. But we have also done some actual cabaret appearances. One of our favourite places is the Fiesta in Stockton.
“When we first went there, we looked out our old comedy pieces and did a medley of our hit records. So the fellow said if you just do the hit records, the audience will be pleased. But we wanted to give out with something different – we knew, anyway, that the audiences wouldn’t be teenagers. So we got a return date.
“Next time, we didn’t have time to learn new numbers so we did a couple of comedy numbers and did the full versions of the hits. And we got another return date. It just proves that if people are interested enough to see you, they don’t mind you doing the expected material.
“So I can’t tell you that we’re all learning new instruments, or building in such-and-such a way. We felt that we weren’t getting anywhere, and were stale, but we feel that audiences don’t think so. […]

Sat 1/06/68   
NME n°1116 page 9: Reviews are in of New Dave Dee Album – by Allen Evans

Page 10: LPs Page – Dave Dee Goes Sad To Glad!
The latest album from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: If No One Sang (Fontana TL 5471) starts and ends with a sad, sad song about the world without any music, and sandwiches between these two tracks plenty of variety to make us glad we do have rhythm and harmony on the earth!
Producer Steve Rowland has put plenty of rousing Latin-American sound in it, and Dave Dee, who takes most of the vocals, proves his versatility by going from soul to rock to dramatic ballad. Comedy is not forgotten, either. And if you missed their two recent hits, you can get them on this LP too.
Here is a track-by-track rundown:
IF NO ONE SANG: A Howard-Blaikley number, inspired by the title of a poem from a young girl fan, with desolate wind noises leading to Dave Dee singing and playing solo acoustic guitar. It’s a sad sound and the song asks what would the world be without music.
WHERE FROM WHERE TO, with solo by Dozy, a philosophic song asking what life really means. Is it making love and money, waking up cold and growing old . . . is it a dream? It has a churchy instrumental finish.
I’VE GOT A FEELING has a Spanish market sound about it, with some Brazilian brass coming through. A jerky rhythm and fast Samba which really gets you moving. Song is about a feeling that drives one insane. Added sound effects are by Dave’s dog, Oliver, having a bark.
IN A MATTER OF A MOMENT is Italian in flavour, with appealing mandolin playing by Tich, acoustic guitars and intentionally slightly out of tune trumpets. The Howard-Blaikley song is about how quickly love can happen. Could be Neapolitan or Venice with gondolas.
MRS. THURSDAY is written by Dave Dee and is a satire on a hen’s tea party, with chicken-coop noises over the chatter. Boys use their country accents in a comedy routine, with a bright tune and a lyric about gossips and a band on a stand, which the boys impersonate.
ZABADAK you know, but if you get the stereo LP you will hear wild animal noises from the jungles of Malaya as an extra.
MAMA MAMA is a bluesy rocker, written by Amory Kane, with piano and drums to the fore. Dozy’s lead vocal is given a Gene Vincent echo effect, and I hear everyone joined in, producer Steve Rowland included.
IF I WERE A CARPENTER is Dave Dee’s own arrangement and has been a hit on tour. Dave sings plaintively with distinct diction, with Zooey and Sue of the Family Dogg behind him and some Tijuana brass.
LEGEND OF XANADU you know, with Dave whipping up excitement.
LOOK AT ME was written by Brian Morris for Shirley Bassey. It is a dramatic number well sung by Dave, about a clown who makes people laugh but can’t face himself or find love, so he takes to drink. Soft, yet driving, organ-accented backing.
THE TIDE IS TURNING was originally written by Howard and Blaikley for the Fortunes, a descriptive piece about a walk by the sea. Song marches along and has good harmony singing. Has an inspirational message about all changing for the better.
BREAKOUT is a soul song, with gospel undertones, written by Gary Illingsworth, Aretha Franklin’s pianist. Dave put a lot of work into the vocal, which he recorded at 4 a.m. after an all-night session.
The Family Dogg group is also on this band vocally, and instrumentally it is an insistent throbber. The call is to be free!
TIME TO TAKE OFF is sung by Dave. Specially written for the LP by Albert Hammond (Lazlo of Family Dogg), it incorporates an airport flight announcement to Los Angeles and then has a Spanish sound to it, indicating the international travelling ways of the group – from Spain to America. From the gaiety we go back to the opening dirge . . .
IF NO ONE SANG to complete another very good DDDBMT album.

Photo: DAVE DEE has the whip hand, but the other four don’t seem alarmed. BEAKY, MICK and TICH, with DOZY in front, are more interested in the photographer, NME’s Napier Russell.

Sat 1/06/68   
Flamingo Club, Redruth, Cornwall, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 2/06/68   
Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Mon 3/06/68   
Bath Pavilion, Bath, Somerset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 5/06/68   
Top Rank Ballroom, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 6/06/68   
Pier Pavilion, Worthing, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 7/06/68    
British single release: Heath Hampstead – Tenement Tragedy / Loneliness (Fontana TF 946)
Howard Blaikley launch a new pop singer, Tony Peters. The B-side is a cover of Lynn Holland.

Disc and Music Echo (1 June 1968): Disaster song – link denied
“Tenement Tragedy,” a new Ken Howard – Alan Blaikley song, faces a possible snub from deejays and public because of the connection between the title and the recent Ronan Point flats disaster in London.
Howard and Blaikley wrote the song for their first solo singer Heath Hampstead (formerly Tony Peters).
Disc is out next Friday (June 7) and Ken Howard told Disc: “We wrote the song before the flats disaster – I only hope people won’t think we are trying to cash in. We didn’t spot the connection until someone pointed it out to us, but the lyrics have no connection at all.”
Radio 1 deejays reaction ? Chris Denning commented: “If the disaster had happened within a few days of the disc being released I wouldn’t play it. But by next Friday, memory of the disaster should have died down.”
NB: The Ronan Point disaster took place on 16 May 1968.

Fri 7/06/68   
The Sands, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Melody Maker (25 May 1968):
The group’s forthcoming appearances include [...] Nelson Imperial Ballroom (June 1), The Sands, Whitley Bay (6 & 7), and Domino Club, Bridlington (8).

Sat 8/06/68   
Disc & Music Echo: DAVE DEE proves how dull it would be without music
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: “If No One Sang.” (Fontana).

Along with the Tremeloes, the Dave Dee crowd is rated as the happiest, most commercial group in British pop. Not that all the songs on this new album are “Hey, hey, isn’t it a laugh” numbers. To the contrary – the title song, inspired by a Dave Dee fan is a gentle plaintive cry of what a dull world it would be if no one sang.

“Xanadu” and “Zabadak” are here sounding so fresh they might almost be new recordings; “Mrs. Thursday” is a comedy number written by the group about a dear old posh lady who has tea-parties with the band playing; and “Where From, Where To” features Dozy solo on a bright Howard Blaikley opus.

Not an album to open your eyes and have you in ecstasy, but a quality selection designed to please many . . . which it will.

Sat 8/06/68    
Fabulous 208: The Family Dee
[Next week Dave Dee begins an exclusive series of articles in which he comments frankly on the things that most interest him and you.]

Sat 8-13/06/68   
Domino Club, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Disc and Music Echo (8 June 1968):
Despite short-notice cancellation of their Continental tour with Herman’s Hermits for Yardley, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich have a full-date sheet for June. Group plays Whitley Bay Sands and Brislington Domino all this week […]

Mon 10/06/68   
(Germany) Bravo n°24 page 75: BRAVO international

Dave Dee: “Wir sind wirklich nicht die Größten!”
“Wenn wir das wären”, meint Boß Dave Dee und spricht damit seinen Kollegen Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich aus der Seele, “brauchen wir uns nur auf die Bühne zu stellen und Musik zu machen. Aber so müssen wir uns jedesmal etwas Neues einfallen lassen. Schließlich wollen wir ja nicht, daß unsere Fans sich langweilen. Also, wenn wir irgendwo auftreten, setzen wir uns erst einmal hin und überlegen, was wir alles spielen wollen. Dann schauen wir uns auf der Bühne um und machen eine Stellprobe. Wenn wir auf große Tournee gehen, mieten wir uns eine Woche vorher ein Theater und proben die Beleuchtung. Natürlich nehmen wir den Beleuchter mit auf der Reise, nachdem wir ihm alles eingebleut haben. Trotzdem gibt es Schwierigkeiten, denn kein Theater ist gleich. Aber das kratzt uns nicht, schließlich sind wir im Showgeschäft keine Grünschnäbel”.
(Aus Melody Maker)

Wed 12/06/68   
BBC Radio Session: Pete’s People [Broadcast on 29/06/68]
Mama, Mama / Paint It Black / Last Night In Soho / Doctor Feelgood (Live Performance)

Top Of The Pops Interview :
Q: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich at the moment looking forward to a well-earned holiday. Where are you gonna spend it Dave ?
Dave: Well, most of us are gonna spend it at home, you know, this year. We went away last year to Spain and things like that, but we came back five days early, you know. Because travelling around all the year you just get fed up with changing planes and things.
Q: It’s a favourite, it’s just doing nothing…
Dave: Yeah! Just to do nothing. I mean Beaky’s gonna sit by a lake and fish for three weeks, it’d be nice.
Q: You can’t get closer to nothing than that. When you get back to work then I suppose it’s the big round again
Dave: Yeah! We… we go off to Sweden for about three weeks and then we come back from Sweden and we do another record, you know which will be for early autumn. And then, as soon as we’ve completed that and promoted it we go to Japan and straight though to the States from Japan [Well, you need a holiday] and then, it’s just about Christmas, you know [...]
Q: Well, while we…
Dave: Merry Christmas ! In case I don’t see you again [...]
Q: You have got a new LP out?
Dave: Yes, it’s out in the shops now, it’s called “If No-One Sang” [...]

Thu 13/06/68    
City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
The Herd and The Emotions

Fri 14/06/68   
Town Hall, Abergavenny, Wales
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sat 15/06/68   
Melody Maker page 6: The Raver’s weekly tonic
Cubee of World of Oz chased down Oxford Street by girls. Choked to find out they thought he was Tich of Dave Dee etc.

Page 9: LP Reviews
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TICH: “If No One Sang” (Fontana).
That talented bunch from Wiltshire way have come up with another great album. It’s uncompromising pop all the way – and that’s how Dave Dee and Co’s fans like it. But also revealed are some suspected but till now undisplayed sides of the group – warm harmonies and sunny summery romance, for instance on “In A Matter Of Moment”, comedy on Mrs Thursday. Hard rock, ballads, they’re all there, as well as their two big hits “Legend of Xanadu” and “Zabadak”. A sock-it-to-’em knockout performance from a talented and often under-rated outfit. Ta, Dave!

Sat 15/06/68   
Fabulous 208: “Dave Dee Digs”
Dave Dee starts a regular column in the weekly magazine, until early 1970

Sat 15/06/68   
NME n°1118: SUMMERSONGS – Philips/Fontana Advert

Sat 15/06/68   
Record Mirror: My Ears Are Still Ringing! (by Lon Goddard)
RMs Derek Boltwood has a quiet chat with Dozy of Dave Dee fame after a recording session . . .

All day long was “A Night In Soho” – the name of the disc Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich had been recording until they reeled out of the studio in the late evening, ears pounding to the sounds of instruments and voices stereophoned to their highest pitch.
And Dozy raised his voice to speak above the noise of the pounding in his ears, though both of us were now clear of the offending studio. And his voice boomed across the silence until he regulated it and we were able to talk more naturally.
“It’s great to get out of the studio for a while” said Dozy, “my ears are still ringing. There’s so much noise in there. We’re recording our next single at the moment – another Howard Blaikley number. It’s a very dramatic sort of song, in the same way as “The Legend of Xanadu” was.
“We didn’t really plan to start doing dramatic type records. Ken and Alan had written “Xanadu”, and it was a great song – so we recorded it. It’s the same with the one we’re doing at the moment, “Night In Soho” – it’s not just another dramatic number for the sake of doing a follow-up to our last one. Basically, it’s that Ken and Alan are writing that sort of material now. I think they’ve progressed tremendously as songwriters – they seem to get better all the time.
“We never really plan too far ahead, anyway. But we do try to formulate some sort of idea of what the group is going to do next. I think it’s important to keep a group on a businesslike basis – if there are any decisions to be made, we have a meeting and vote on it. It’s by far the best way of doing things – it saves a lot of argument, and every member of the group has a say in what happens.
“I think group members should look upon their group as a business – and treat it seriously from that point of view. For example, apart from meetings and discussions, we all pay ourselves a set salary every week, and the rest of the money we earn goes into the group’s account.
“And apart from the main business of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, we all have our own interests on the side. For example, I’m just starting a firm of building contractors – I would like to go into property development and this sort of thing. So at the moment I’m looking round for good building land.
“That’s another thing that’s important – when one’s earning the money, to invest it in solid businesses. The group scene obviously can’t go on forever, and I want to have a few things going so that when I’m no longer a pop musician, I’ll have something to fall back on. It’s like providing myself with a form of pension.
“We worked long and hard to establish the group, and now that we’re earning the money, I’m not going to just spend it wildly. I want enough put aside for the rainy day that’s bound to come. Let’s face it, whether it’s in one, ten or twenty years, the group has to end sometime.
“As far as the group goes, now, our next move is to try and break into the American market. It’s funny, but we’ve never really taken off over there – I thought that perhaps “Legend of Xanadu” would have happened in the States, but it didn’t. I suppose it’s like taking coals to Newcastle, because the theme of the song was about cowboys – not the sort of song a British group should try to sell to the Americans!
“I think the Small Faces record, “Lazy Sunday”, should do well in the States. Apart from the fact that it’s a good record, I think they’ll go for the cockney sound – anything British does well over there, so I’ve heard.
“It’s time for a new British group to emerge in America at the moment. Everyone who’s come back from the States has been saying this – there are so many underground groups over there, that a good, straight pop group could do very well for itself. Anyway, we’re going over there soon, so we’ll find out what our chances are then.
We’re doing a bit of cabaret at the moment as well as recording our next single. I enjoy doing cabaret – staying in one spot for a few days. It’s relaxing. The group has about three different stage acts for our different venues. We worked out one specially for the Bee Gees tour, and there’s another for ballrooms and clubs. When we do cabaret, we do a medley of all our hits, plus a few standards – the sort of songs that older audiences might appreciate. Basically, I think that if you’re an entertainer, then you have to chance your act to suit your audience.
“In fact, I’ve been keeping a scrap-book about the group since the days we first started, years ago. It’s quite fascinating to see how we’ve changed since the early days.”
Derek Boltwood.
NOTE: RM will be publishing parts of the scrap-book in the near future.

Sat 15/06/68   
Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, Cornwall, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 16/06/68   
Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (2 shows)
Scott Walker, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and The Rockin’ Berries

Mon 17/06/68   
(USA) Cash Box June 22, 1968: Breakout Imperial Advert
b/w MRS. THURSDAY #66039 [sic]

Ninth 45 in the USA, the third on the Imperial label: an excerpt from their latest album, instead of “Last Night In Soho” with the same B-side. Released in June (Imperial 66309), then reissued in September with different catalogue number (Imperial 66325). It came out in Canada on Fontana 15001.

Mon 17/06/68   
Bath Pavilion, Bath, Somerset, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Wed 19/06/68   
Film: The Thomas Crown Affair, United Artists, Hollywood, USA (102 mn, colour)
Directed by Norman Jewison.
With Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.
He was young, handsome, a millionaire – and he’d just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth – sent to investigate it !
Soundtrack written by Michel Legrand.

Theme sung by Noel Harrison: The Windmills Of Your Mind [released as a single in 1969]
(Would be covered by Dave Dee for a TV Performance in 1970)

Wed 19/06/68   
Top Rank, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Thu 20/06/68   
Pier Pavilion, Worthing, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 21/06/68   
Single release: The Beatstalkers – Rain Coloured Roses / Everything Is You (CBS 3557)
The B-side is a David Bowie composition. Here he parodies the Howard Blaikley efforts for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich : the hero is a lumberjack oppressed by his evil foreman.

Fri 21/06/68    
British single release: Moby Grape – Can’t Be So Bad / Murder In My Heart For The Judge (CBS 3555)
This track was covered by D. B. M. & T. under the title “Talk To You” for a BBC session in late 1969.


Fri 21/06/68   
Starlight Club, Southport, Lancashire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


Sat 22/06/68   
NME n°1119: Dave and Co – Globetrotting

Concerts in Sweden, Japan and Austria have now been lined up for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and it now seems definite their postponed US trip will take place in October.
The group plays Swedish folk-parks from August 16-31, and the following month spends ten days in Japan at major venues. From September 29 – October 1 it appears with Diana Ross and the Supremes and Ray Charles at Vienna City Hall.
Their group’s American work permit problems have been settled and the remainder of October has been set aside for its coast-to-coast tour there.

Sat 22/06/68    
Fabulous 208 Page 15: Dave Dee Digs

Page 31: Star Tips – BEAKY

Sat 22/06/68   
TV Show: Beat-Club 32, ARD Radio Bremen, Bremen, Deutschland (Lip-Sync)
Hosted by Uschi Nerke & Dave Lee Travis (4:45-5:15 pm)
Guests included The Herd: I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die

Sat 22/06/68   
Queen’s Hall, Narbeth, Wales
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Sun 23/06/68   
Starlight Club, Crawley, Sussex, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

24-28 June 68   
Radio Show: David Symonds Show, BBC Radio One, London, England (5:30-6:30 pm)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich guest throughout the week
On Monday, Manfred Mann perform: “Day Time, Night Time”, “The Letter” and “My Name Is Jack”

Mon 24/06/68   
New College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich supported by The Bonzo Dog Band

Tue 25/06/68   
News: Dave Dee Car Smash
Dave Dee was badly shocked and bruised when his Austin 1800 crashed into a tree early on Tuesday morning. He was returning home after playing an Oxford University date with the Bonzo Dogs. The car was a write-off but Dave was allowed home after treatment.

Wed 26/06/68   
Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire, England
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Fri 28/06/68   
Single release: Last Night In Soho / Mrs. Thursday – Fontana 953 (267 863) [Recorded on 31/05/68]

Second death disc. It was not released in the USA, nor in France.
Record Mirror (29/06/68): MASSIVE SELLER.
This time the setting is in that strange square mile of London – with Dave as a man who finds love then is tempted back into crime by his so-called mates. Again, a tremendously distinctive style, with great “feel” in the vocal line, and great excitement all the way. It’s the constant switching of style that keeps this group right there at the top. Flip: A novelty, this one. Again beautifully performed and also in the “A”-class category.

Sat 29/06/68   
NME n°1120 page 9: Scott, John Walker in £35,000 apartheid row
Scott Walker has refused to sign the contract for his projected nine-day tour of South Africa and Rhodesia in November. He had tentatively accepted the engagement on the understanding he would play strictly to non-segregated audiences, but he has now discovered no clause to this effect has been inserted into the contract. The tour would have been worth £35,000 to Scott.

Sat 29/06/68   
(USA) Billboard June 29, 1968 page 95: Special Merit Spotlight
Spotlighting new singles deserving special attention of programmers and dealers.
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Break Out (Big Seven, BMI) (Prod. Steve Rowland) (Writers: Illington-March) – The “Legend of Xanadu” group changes pace with this smooth, easy ballad with a smoothly blended vocal. Imperial 66309

Sat 29/06/68   
Radio Show: Pete’s People, BBC Radio One, London, England (10:00 am-12:00 noon)
Mama, Mama / Paint It Black / Last Night In Soho / Doctor Feelgood (Live) [Recorded 12/06/68]
Presented by Pete Murray
“Paint It Black”, from their live repertoire, is the only recorded version. “Doctor Feelgood” has been played twice at the BBC.





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